LeBron James is set to begin playing in his seventh consecutive NBA Finals series on Thursday, and that is what his main focus should be for the next couple of weeks. However, there may be something else weighing on the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar’s mind.
According to ESPN, LeBron James’ L.A. home was vandalized this week with racist graffiti. Multiple sources have confirmed that LeBron’s home in Brentwood had a racial phrase written on the front gate. Police were reportedly called to the scene on Wednesday morning, and the graffiti, which reportedly depicted the N-word was removed. While James does not currently live in the home and was not at the residence at the time of the vandalism, the shocking graffiti may be weighing on his mind at a crucial point in his career.
Some fans are calling the attack on LeBron James’ home a hate crime that could have possibly been committed by a fan of the Golden State Warriors. LeBron’s Cleveland Cavaliers are currently in California as they prepare to open the 2017 NBA finals against the Warriors in Oakland on Thursday night.
According to TMZ Sports, detectives are investigating the vandalism as a possible hate crime. Officers are currently looking for possible security footage from neighboring homes in hopes that their cameras may have captured the image of the vandal committing the crime.
Sadly, this isn’t the first time that LeBron James has had to deal with the issues of racism. Earlier this month, LeBron was asked about the subject of racism after The Baltimore Orioles’ Adam Jones was reportedly heckled with racist comments while playing in a game at Boston’s Fenway Park.
“Racism, we know, exists. You try not to put yourself in a position, for me as a father, I try to give my kids the blueprint on how life is gonna be, but at the end of the day, I can only tell them so much, and they have to live it themselves. For me, I just try to be respectful, for one, respectful to others, and I feel like if you do that consistently, then I believe the karma will come back to you,” James told For The Win.
“It’s not great for sports. It’s not great for society. You got guys like Martin Luther King, who all he talked about was trying to unite all of us — no matter the color, no matter the race, no matter the shape or size Racism is gonna be a part of time forever, I believe, but I think for us, the people that have the opportunities to have a voice and people that have an opportunity to have some play on the youth that’s coming up, we have to lead them the best way we can, and we have to live with the results, so hopefully I was able to answer your question. It’s a real, real longer conversation, but if we can keep the conversation going, I think it helps.”
Meanwhile, LeBron James also has a lot to celebrate. Not only is he taking the Cleveland Cavaliers back to the NBA Finals, but he also recently broke Michael Jordan’s all-time post-season scoring record. While fans are upset by the attack on LeBron’s house, they know that James will not let the sour news get in the way of his ultimate goal of repeating a championship season for the Cavs.
What are your thoughts on LeBron James’ California home being vandalized with racist graffiti? Do you think it will impact his Finals performance at all?
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